Ten years after a catastrophic economic collapse,
is a lawless frontier where the US dollar is a more worthwhile currency and
life is cheap. Eric (Guy Pearce) is on
a quest to get his car back after three robbers steal his car. He bumps into
the dimwitted brother of one of
the robbers and holds the wounded brother Rey (Robert Pattinson hostage. Eric
and Rey go on a road trip so that Eric
can get his car back and exact revenge.
THE ROVER is one part road movie/ one part
humanity and how life is of little value to many people after the Collapse. The
most human character is the woman Doctor
while you wonder why Eric wants his car back for most of the film as the story
reveals that he will kill without hesitation.
The closest he forms to a friendship is with Rey, but Eric is definitely
using Rey no matter how much Rey wants someone to like him by even helping Eric
to find Rey’s brother. THE ROVER has
moments of hope and I find it more enjoyable than the relentlessly hopeless THE
Guy Pearce gives an understated performance where his actions and
expressions say as much as his words.
Robert Pattinson gives a different performance than what you expect from
him as he is willing to take chances as an actor and look for range in his
acting ability. The third star of THE
ROVER is the bleak Australian landscape that Eric and Rey travel across- the
same land where the Army doesn’t care for the people anymore and sometimes it
is everyone for themselves.
SOMETHING ELEMENTAL: MAKING THE ROVER- this three
documentary is 44 minutes long and is a mix of clips from the movie,
interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage
PART 1: NEW WORLD
ALIGNMENT- the origins of THE ROVER and how it came to be made
PART 2: A MULTITUDE OF EXTREMES- talk about the
and the actors praise each other (and the director was as impressed with
Pattinson’s performance as Pearce was)
Part 3: LAWLESS FRONTIER- the look and on-the-fly
design of THE ROVER
Also included are trailers for other releases
and a code to stream and download a Digital HD Ultraviolet copy of the movie
via TV, Computer, Tablet, and smartphones.
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE ROVER is an interesting mediation
humanity after a big economic collapse with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson
turning great performances against a harsh landscape in a near future.
This review is ©9-25-2014
David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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